April 9, 2004 |
The president who led this blood-soaked nation through the waning years of an Islamist uprising appeared poised to win a second term Thursday in an election that was seen as a test of Algeria's democratic leanings. In a land where elections are often tangled with the threat of violence, the voting went off without widespread rioting, bombing or battles.
July 12, 2001 |
At a time when Algeria's authoritarian government is under fire for failing to make progress on reform, President Bush today launches a policy initiative to expand U.S. diplomatic and business ties with the oil-rich North African nation by welcoming its president to the White House. The overture signals a shift in foreign policy priorities to business and investment opportunities over human rights and democracy issues, some U.S. analysts charge.
September 7, 2007 |
A suicide bomber killed 15 people in the Algerian town of Batna, shortly before a scheduled visit by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, state television reported. Bouteflika, who later visited some of the 74 wounded in a hospital, blamed Islamist rebels. Residents said that the bomb was detonated among a crowd waiting to see the president arrive. "Terrorist acts have absolutely nothing in common with the noble values of Islam," Bouteflika was quoted as saying.
April 1, 2005 |
Algerian security force members were responsible for the abduction and disappearances of 6,146 civilians during a decade-long struggle with Islamic rebels, a government-appointed commission concluded. The civilians are presumed killed. Farouk Ksentini, appointed by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to conduct the investigation, said the forces had acted on their own, not on orders of the state.
November 23, 1999 |
A prominent leader of Algeria's outlawed Islamic Salvation Front who opposed the government but had spoken out for peace and reconciliation was slain as he was leaving a dental clinic in Algiers. Abdelkader Hachani, 43, was shot twice in the head and once in the chest by an unknown assailant, according to news service reports and a statement on state-run radio.
December 9, 2005 |
Leaders from more than 50 Muslim countries promised to fight extremist ideology, saying they would reform textbooks, restrict religious edicts and crack down on terrorism financing. Kings, heads of states and ministers closed a two-day summit in Islam's holiest city, Mecca. The Organization of the Islamic Conference nations also said that fatwas must only be issued by "those who are authorized," an effort to curb edicts by clerics who denounce other Muslims and allow their killing.